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Purrmaster

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643 days ago

I want to slap a coat of wax onto my shellac finish. I was hoping someone could suggest a good wax for this. Or for putting a protective coat of wax on any other finish for that matter.

Thank you.


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bhog

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#1 posted 643 days ago

Johnsons Paste.Works good for table saw,jointer beds etc also.

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Dave

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#2 posted 643 days ago

Any good furniture wax will do.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Dark_Lightning

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#3 posted 643 days ago

I agree with both above. Something to consider- good automotive carnauba wax stands up to the sun day in, day out, for months. We used to wax my dad’s old brown ‘37 Plymouth 4 door (what a tank) with Johnson’s paste wax. Talk about elbow grease. He got rid of it in the mid-’60s, when I was about 12. When I want to clean my glasses case (made of wood), I use Pledge. It gets the fingerprints right off. I also use Johnson’s, like bhog, on my cast iron table saw. Just a quick steel wool rub for any local rust (occasionally, it happens) and a quick coat of wax, and I’m good to go.

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John

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#4 posted 643 days ago

I like Minwax Paste Finishing Wax better than Johnson. It has less solvent in it and seems to be a little more robust. I do use Johnson for coating screws before driving them and also for tool surfaces.
-John

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Earlextech

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#5 posted 642 days ago

Johnson’s Paste Wax

-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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dhazelton

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#6 posted 642 days ago

Butcher’s Wax is another good brand. I also found a vintage can of Bowling Alley wax somewhere and that is really ggod. At the end of the day it’s whatever you have around, as you probably will reapply it in a year or so and you may have a different brand at that point.

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Tennessee

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#7 posted 642 days ago

I keep both Johnsons and Butchers on my shelf. Doesn’t seem to be much difference, save the Johnsons has a little tint to it. Actually, Johnson’s has been my go-to wax for almost 36 years.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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MNgary

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#8 posted 642 days ago

Depending on the project and purpose of the wax, I either make my own from beeswax and kerosene or I apply Renaissance Micro-crystalline.

-- I dream of the world where a duck can cross the road and no one asks why.

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Purrmaster

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#9 posted 642 days ago

I’ve got both Johnson’s paste wax (for the jointer tables) and Minwax finishing wax. The minwax seems like it’s too hard and scratches the shellac. I’ve got Turtle Wax too.

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CessnaPilotBarry

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#10 posted 642 days ago

Trewax is another good one not yet mentioned.

Be careful with Briwax, as it contains strong solvents that can soften shellac and lacquer, as well as varnishes that aren’t fully cured..

-- It's all good, if it's wood...

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CharlieM1958

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#11 posted 642 days ago

I keep both Johnson’s paste wax and carnauba wax around. (The latter comes in especially handy if you’re in the mood to wax your carnauba.)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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HorizontalMike

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#12 posted 642 days ago

Does THAT work on Harl-naubas as well?

;-)

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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